'70s icons to perform, event to benefit APLA
Continuing its quest to turn the clocks back to the kindler, gentler (and wildly successful, in ABC’s case) late 1970s, the Alphabet web will celebrate the 30th anniversary of disco later this fall.
The two-hour special “The Disco Ball: A 30-Year Celebration,” will feature live performances by ’70s icons such as the Village People, KC & the Sunshine Band, Gloria Gaynor and the Pointer Sisters. It will seamlessly go from performance to performance with little interruption.
Executive producer John Hamlin plans to transform the Shrine Auditorium into “Club Shrine” for the Oct. 13 taping. Hamlin and co-exec producer Jeff Margolis will cover most of the auditorium’s downstairs seats with two discos, five performance areas and go-go stages.
Tickets to the event, which go on sale today, benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles.
ABC specials and alternative series topper Andrea Wong said “Disco Ball” could be ready in time for the November sweeps.
“The songs are the stars,” Wong said. “We hope the music will evoke memories and emotions in people.”
Other artists set to perform include Rick James, Irene Cara, Thelma Houston and the Spinners, as well as more recent artists Westlife, Aaron Carter and Carmen Electra. Whoopi Goldberg is also on board to perform.